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Looking for a good desktop replacement, and I've come up with these "requirements" for it:
-i7-2630QM (I'd like to use Intel's Widi 2.0)
-1920x1080 screen (of any size)
-Dual HDD bay (boot SSD + storage HDD)
-nVidia graphics (bad experiences with ATi, and I want PhysX)
-Blu-ray reader/burner (either one is fine)

Is the Clevo P170HM my best choice? What about if I want a backlit keyboard?
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Looking for a good desktop replacement, and I've come up with these "requirements" for it:
-i7-2630QM (I'd like to use Intel's Widi 2.0)
-1920x1080 screen (of any size)
-Dual HDD bay (boot SSD + storage HDD)
-nVidia graphics (bad experiences with ATi, and I want PhysX)
-Blu-ray reader/burner (either one is fine)

Is the Clevo P170HM my best choice? What about if I want a backlit keyboard?
clevop170 is not really a cheap laptop lol
It is nice though. backlit keyboard? You'll def have to look at a different brand.

What is your price limit?
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Try Sager or Digital Storm. They both build from Clevo barebones along with a few others and I think they include the eye candy you're talking about for the keyboard.

XoticPC would be another place to go. But these are not cheap builders.
     
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cheapest laptop w/ those specs would be a 2011 Macbook Pro lol whats your budget?
    
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Question about XoticPC's screen options - are any of them worth it? I'm not a fan of glossy screens, but I don't know if the ~$200 extra for the matte screens is worth it...
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Question about XoticPC's screen options - are any of them worth it? I'm not a fan of glossy screens, but I don't know if the ~$200 extra for the matte screens is worth it...
No. The default screens sager/clevo use are pretty good, and it would only be worth it if you were really nitpicky about screens/did graphic art. If you're just changing it out for the matte screen, definitely not worth it.

If you remove one of your options, either the dual HDD bay or blueray, you can get an np8130 and save a boatload of money, and it comes with a matte screen.

Which is what I suggest you do. Get the 8130 and get a 120gb ssd or w/e, and then have an external HDD for movies/etc. Because honestly do you need more then 120gb of storage while you're mobile? The answer should be no.
post #7 of 9
agreed. this guy knows his laptops lol
i say the same, but the 8130 batt life is low like 2-3hrs. so that may be something
i say buy the ssd from newegg not part of your system build. and just carry a thumb drive with you for movies and stuff
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No. The default screens sager/clevo use are pretty good, and it would only be worth it if you were really nitpicky about screens/did graphic art. If you're just changing it out for the matte screen, definitely not worth it.

If you remove one of your options, either the dual HDD bay or blueray, you can get an np8130 and save a boatload of money, and it comes with a matte screen.

Which is what I suggest you do. Get the 8130 and get a 120gb ssd or w/e, and then have an external HDD for movies/etc. Because honestly do you need more then 120gb of storage while you're mobile? The answer should be no.
Thanks for the info on the screens.

Removing Blu-ray is definitely not an option, I've have nothing but bad luck with external optical drives or even just enclosures for internal ones. And that is a good point with the HDD - I wouldn't be limited to HDD size/height either with external, and it'd give me more reason to get a NAS or something.

And now that I think...I don't really need the 4 memory DIMM's or the GTX460/MXM-replaceable graphics, so I think I'll even bump down to the Clevo W150HNQ or W170HN, since the GT 540M should be adequate for my gaming needs (being able to max most games at 1280x720).

Four more questions, then:
-At that point, is the 2630QM still worth getting, or should I just get the 2520M instead? Does anybody have a good review of how the 2520M is in comparison to both mobile and desktop CPU's?
-If I want a bare-bones/stock/etc. Clevo, RJTech is the best place to go, right?
-What would be the direct competition to the W150HNQ or W170HN? As nice as said laptops are, the optical drive being located on the right side isn't exactly something I like. (EDIT: I did a little looking, seems like the few competition I could find, had 1366x768 or something screens that could not be bumped up to better ones)
-Other than screen size and price, what are the differences between the W150HNQ and W170HN? The ~$50 to get the 17-inch screen is tempting, but at the same time, having the option of better portability (and higher pixel density) is also nice.
Edited by XMAGUSX - 3/21/11 at 10:10pm
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Thanks for the info on the screens.

Removing Blu-ray is definitely not an option, I've have nothing but bad luck with external optical drives or even just enclosures for internal ones. And that is a good point with the HDD - I wouldn't be limited to HDD size/height either with external, and it'd give me more reason to get a NAS or something.

And now that I think...I don't really need the 4 memory DIMM's or the GTX460/MXM-replaceable graphics, so I think I'll even bump down to the Clevo W150HNQ or W170HN, since the GT 540M should be adequate for my gaming needs (being able to max most games at 1280x720).

Four more questions, then:
-At that point, is the 2630QM still worth getting, or should I just get the 2520M instead? Does anybody have a good review of how the 2520M is in comparison to both mobile and desktop CPU's?
-If I want a bare-bones/stock/etc. Clevo, RJTech is the best place to go, right?
-What would be the direct competition to the W150HNQ or W170HN? As nice as said laptops are, the optical drive being located on the right side isn't exactly something I like. (EDIT: I did a little looking, seems like the few competition I could find, had 1366x768 or something screens that could not be bumped up to better ones)
-Other than screen size and price, what are the differences between the W150HNQ and W170HN? The ~$50 to get the 17-inch screen is tempting, but at the same time, having the option of better portability (and higher pixel density) is also nice.

Get the 2630, its only a few bucks more and will crush the dual core sandybridges and the first gen mobile i7's http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-...st.2436.0.html
Actually, if you're going barebones and dont mind spending a few more bucks, the 2720 is the best performer/price. I dont remeber the exact price difference for buying them through retail, but its VERY affordable.
RJtech is the best place to go for barebones, and if you email them they are mighty helpful if you need advice or instructions on how to build it. No difference. I dont recommend the W170HN as for the reasons you figured out for yourself, the sager/clevo designed to be portable and have a long battery life wont play friendly with a 17" screen, plus at 1920x1080 goodluck playing new games on anything but low unless you do windowed mode/lower in game res.
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